Donated gymnastics equipment helps clubs at home and abroad spring forward in to 2020 - British Gymnastics

Donated gymnastics equipment helps clubs at home and abroad spring forward in to 2020

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A number of British Gymnastics clubs have been supplied with equipment previously used at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the home of the National Governing Body.

With Lilleshall being refurbished and fitted with new state-of-the-art equipment, the apparatus and matting was in need of a new home and has been donated to Swallows of Helston Gym Club, Velocity Sports and Nile Wilson Gymnastics.

Both Swallows and Velocity were being supported by the Facilities team at British Gymnastics, as they faced the challenges of moving to new premises, with the equipment going a long way to helping them complete work.

After being devastated by flooding in November last year, equipment was also sent to Nile Wilson Gymnastics.

British Gymnastics CEO, Jane Allen MBE, said: "We are pleased that through the work of our Facilities team we have been able to help two of our member clubs with their development.

"Both Swallows and Velocity were both in the process of moving to dedicated facilities and so the donation of this equipment will be a great aid to their gymnastics delivery. Nile Wilson Gymnastics found themselves in a very unfortunate position, with much of their equipment damaged and so we were happy to support them where we could.

"We understand that many clubs can go through periods of hardship and our Facilities team will always be on hand to help in the best way they can."

The remaining equipment was sent to central American country, Nicaragua, following a Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) visit in August last year.

Martin Reddin, British Gymnastics Executive Director for Sport at British Gymnastics and member of the FIG Executive Committee was part of the delegation for the visit and could see the impact new equipment could have on the country: "I was very impressed by the enthusiasm and strong desire of the national federation to develop gymnastics. At the same time, it gave us an insight into just how basic their training conditions are.

"When I was back in the United Kingdom as we were refurbishing our national training centre, we thought that the equipment we had there could be given to the Nicaraguan Federation to be used to make a really positive impact on gymnastics in the country."

If your club needs support or has any queries regarding your facility development, contact our Participation team by emailing [email protected].